Sean Tracy, a technical designer for Crysis studio Crytek, tweeted this morning that he is at a Durango summit in London. Two weeks ago, Kotaku reported that Durango is the codename for Microsoft's next Xbox. [Twitter, via NeoGAF]


A new EA job ad suggests Crysis 3 is in development.

EA is after a video director to work with EA "partner studio" Crytek to capture game footage.

The job ad, spotted by AllGamesBeta, says CryEngine knowledge would be an asset.

Crysis 2, which launched in March 2011, was published by EA under the EA Partners label. As of July 2011 it had sold three million copies worldwide.

Enough to convince EA to get on board with a sequel? Looks like it.

Announced projects at the German developer include Kinect-fuelled Xbox 360 exclusive Ryse and Homefront 2 (Crytek UK).


Crysis' Developers New Online Gaming Service is OnLive + Skype + FacebookCrytek, the developers behind the Crysis series (and the CryEngine), will soon be helping release their own online multiplayer gaming service. It has a stupid name, but everything else about it is very interesting.

It's called GFACE. Seriously. Get over the name, though, and you see it's trying to take online gaming on a PC (and other devices) to a very slick and sociable place.

While saying that the product is run by a "a small team with big ideas", GFACE's creators acknowledge they are "backed up by a well known critically acclaimed game studio: Crytek. We share not only technology and vision, but the commitment to deliver the highest possible quality". All the group's vacant job positions are all hosted on Crytek's website.

As a network, GFACE is built around friends lists, obviously, but with a few key alterations to the way most existing services do things. For one, it's got embedded video chat right there in the framework. It also has a drag-and-drop invite system similar to the way Battlefield 3's Battlelog rus, and again like Battlelog, GFACE operates in a browser.

And that's where it gets interesting. Unlike Battlelog, which was designed for a single game, GFACE's browser plug-in also operates as a streaming agent, meaning you don't actually play the games off your PC, you'd be streaming them in from off-site, ala OnLive.

So, like you can see in the multi-device shot in the gallery above, the guy on the PC plays a traditional 3D first-person shooter game, while other players on iOS devices play command or support roles designed specifically for their hardware. Yet they're all playing the same game, because it all - in theory, at least - runs in a browser and not on the actual device.

It's also taking a page out of Xbox Live's books by letting you access those same friends lists and functionality while watching media.

Perhaps most ambitious, though, is the fact gaming is just part of what Crytek wants GFACE to do. There's a whole raft of social applications similar to what Facebook and Twitter currently do built into the system as well, which you can see in the video in the gallery above.

GFACE is currently in closed beta.

Crysis' Developers New Online Gaming Service is OnLive + Skype + Facebook
Crysis' Developers New Online Gaming Service is OnLive + Skype + Facebook
Crysis' Developers New Online Gaming Service is OnLive + Skype + Facebook
Crysis' Developers New Online Gaming Service is OnLive + Skype + Facebook
Crysis' Developers New Online Gaming Service is OnLive + Skype + Facebook
Crysis' Developers New Online Gaming Service is OnLive + Skype + Facebook
Crysis' Developers New Online Gaming Service is OnLive + Skype + Facebook
Crysis' Developers New Online Gaming Service is OnLive + Skype + Facebook

Crysis - (Craig Pearson)

Fist of Fun was good, wasn't it? Would you call Minecraft in the Crysis engine Mynecraft or Minecryft? I prefer the second, because the first could >be a typo, whereas the only legitimate reason for coming up with the second is if there’s a Crysis mod that adds Minecraft to it. Wait, there is! And it’s called… what, ‘Craftable‘? Seriously? (more…)


The Week in Unbelievably Gorgeous ScreenshotsA couple weeks back I ran an enjoyable feature on Duncan Harris, the video game photographer behind the website DeadEndThrills. Harris takes some of the most evocative, beautiful video game screenshots I've ever seen, and we've been sharing some of his work each week here.

This week has some good stuff. Let's get into it, shall we?

First up, at top:

"I Am The Very Model of a Sideways-Scrolling Beat-Em-Up"

Or really, Mr. Harris? Well then:

I've information vi-o-lent and beat the bad guys to a pulp
I know kung-fu-ian theory and am teaming with a lot-o-moves
with many cheerful ways to shred anonymously evil dudes

(with many cheerful ways to shred anonymously evil dudes!)

Bonus points for the Gilbert & Sullivan reference! Here are Duncan's notes on this terrific shot from Bulletstorm:

Tools and tricks: custom game build, debug camera, custom FOV, 2160p rendering, FXAA injection, timestop.

The Week in Unbelievably Gorgeous Screenshots

The Week in Unbelievably Gorgeous Screenshots

"No Place Like Home"

Yet another shot that captures how gorgeous Modern Warfare 2 was in its wanton destruction. As I careened through this single-player campaign, I always felt like the art team had slaved over this incredible stuff, only to have us pass it by in the blink of an eye, actively penalized for pausing to take it in. It's nice to slow down and dig the lovely particle effects.

Duncan's Notes:

Tools and tricks: game client 1.0 (boxed version), MW2 Unleashed command console patch, high quality ambient occlusion, custom LOD bias, 2160p rendering, FXAA, no-HUD, timestop, free camera, custom FOV.

The Week in Unbelievably Gorgeous Screenshots


A beautiful shot from STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl (screw it, I'm not doing the periods anymore and you can't make me). Gotta play more of this game. Duncan's notes:

Tools and tricks: 2160 rendering, antialiasing (SMAA), free camera, time demo recorder, no-HUD, STALKER Complete 2009 mod, custom FOV (hacked game DLL @ FOV 50).

The Week in Unbelievably Gorgeous Screenshots

"Escape Velocity"

A very cool shot from The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Dark Athena. Duncan's notes:

Tools and tricks: 2160p rendering, antialiasing (FXAA), free camera, timestop.

The Week in Unbelievably Gorgeous Screenshots

"Hymn of the Big Wheel"

The ferris wheel from STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl, which also makes a cameo in the best level of the first (and best) Modern Warfare. As Duncan points out, "In a city where the average age was just 26, it's fittingly cruel that the Pripyat Ferris Wheel, a decaying symbol of Soviet nuclear naivety, is today its most irradiated landmark. It might also explain where Modern Warfare's John ‘Soap' MacTavish got his superhuman powers and giant bollocks"

Heh. Notes:

Tools and tricks: 2160 rendering, antialiasing (SMAA), free camera, time demo recorder, no-HUD, STALKER Complete 2009 mod, custom FOV (hacked game DLL @ FOV 50).

The Week in Unbelievably Gorgeous Screenshots

"Crysis Collection #1"

To fill out this week, I'm looking back at Dead End Thrills' Crysis collection, which is truly a game made for this site. They are all gorgeous (how many amazing shots of an island can you drool over?), but I really like this one.

The Week in Unbelievably Gorgeous Screenshots

"Crysis Collection #2"

Too many games that have lovely looking surface water drop the ball once you go under water (I'm looking at you, Skyrim). But not Crysis. I love how this shot celebrates that—few games go so far as to have an underwater view look as gorgeous as this one.

Seriously, go download the entire collection.


The US Army Has One of the Prettiest Video Games On the PlanetRemember back in May, how we showed you that footage from the US military's new "video game" simulation suite? Well, it's back. And it looks more amazing than ever.

To recap, this is the Dismounted Soldier Training System (DSTS), a new simulation tool for the US Army. It's cost the government nearly $60 million to develop, but if you get to use it you'll probably think it's totally worth it, as it's designed to be played not on a screen, but in a virtual reality rig, complete with goggles.

A lot of what you're seeing here, especially in the second video, aren't "levels" in the traditional sense, they're massive outdoor environments being rendered by CryEngine 3 (the engine that powers Crysis 2).

Looks like a very pretty version of ArmA. Which makes me want to play this. Badly.


Even if you have zero interest in sunk ships or James Cameron movies, you need to see this video of the interior of the Titanic, built using CryEngine 3. It's as amazing as it is shiny.

You can contact Luke Plunkett, the author of this post, at You can also find him on Twitter, Facebook, and lurking around our #tips page.
Crysis - (Adam Smith)

hats give off no heat - SCIENCE FACT

This week, a few mods that I’ve been monitoring but haven’t had a chance to have a proper go at yet. In some cases, that’s because they haven’t been released yet, in others it’s because the hours in every day are sadly limited, and as well as playing games and writing about them, I very occasionally sleep. I even venture outside from time to time, although admittedly not in the current political and meteorological climate. Too chilly. Too bitter. All too real. Onward to fantasy. Preferably with decent central heating.



Update: The original report was misleading - Crysis from Xbox Live Games on Demand does not require an always-on internet connection to play.

The lock-out timer described below only appears when playing Crysis on a second Xbox 360 console - a different machine than the one it was originally downloaded to. If the connection to the Live account drops, you'll need to recover the Gamertag within 10 minutes to resume gameplay.

Original, erroneous, story: You cannot play Crysis, bought from Xbox Games on Demand, offline.

The moment your connection drops, a 10-minute timer appears. That's the window you have to reconnect. Fail to do so and you're dumped back to the dashboard, reported MS Xbox World.

Presumably a similar always-on internet requirement will be present in the PSN version of Crysis, available today.

Crysis costs 1600 Microsoft Points on Xbox Games on Demand or £15.99 on PS3.


Portal 2 E3 Demo (Repulsion Gel)

PC shooter Crysis fires onto the PlayStation Store this week. It's a polished port of the original's single-player campaign, available for £15.99.

Arcade slamdunker NBA Jam: On Fire Edition also courts your wallet this week, while new and free Portal 2 DLC continues the adventures of co-op robots P-Body and and Atlus in a new two-player test track.

There's still no sign of Mortal Kombat: Arcade Kollection - now over a month late - and Castlevania: Harmony of Despair, expected last week.

Co-op shooter Payday: The Heist is also missing after Sony issued a last-minute delay yesterday. Citing extra time was needed to ensure "overall game quality", Payday will now come later in the month.

Here's the full list, courtesy of the PlayStation Blog:

Special Offer:

  • Borderlands - Game Of The Year edition (Was £27.99/€34.99 - Now £11.99/€14.99). Offer ends on 12th October 2011.

Trial & Unlock (PS3)

  • Eufloria (£7.99/€9.99)
  • NBA Jam: On Fire Edition (£9.99/€12.99)

Full Games (PS3)

  • Ape Escape (£19.99/€24.99)
  • Crysis (£15.99/€19.99)
  • De Blob 2 (£19.99/€24.99)
  • Homefront (£27.99/€34.99)
  • Saints Row 2 (£15.99/€19.99)
  • Sega Bass Fishing MOVE Edition (£6.29/€7.99)
  • Space Channel 5 - Part 2 (£6.29/€7.99)
  • Shift 2 Unleashed (£23.99/€29.99)
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 Masters Edition (£57.99/€69.99)

minis (PS3 and PSP)

  • The Marbians (£3.49/€3.99)
  • 5 In 1 Solitaire (£2.49/€2.99)
  • Street Smart (£1.99/€2.49)

PSone (PS3/PSP)

  • Arc The Lad (£3.99/€4.99)
  • Arcade Hits: Sonic Wings (£3.99/€4.99)
  • Cho Aniki (£3.99/€4.99)
  • Gex 3D: Enter The Gecko (£4.79/€5.99)

Add-On Game Content (PS3)

  • Ace Combat Assault Horizon - F-15C Death Rider (free)
  • Agarest: Generations Of War Zero: Subordinate's Present Pack (free); Extra Dungeon 2 (free); Extra Dungeon 1 (free); Dream Oracle Pack (free); Point Addition Pack 1 (free); Point Addition Pack 2 (free); Fallen Angel Pack (free); Healing Hand Pack (free); Healing and Defence Pack (free); Legendary Goods Pack (free); Logistic Support Pack 1 (free); Rear-Echelon Support Pack 1 (free); Noble Person Pack (free); Shrivelled Chicken Pack (free); Impregnable Defences Pack 1 (free); Status Boost Pack (free); Status Boost Pack 2 (free); Zero Starter Pack (free); Impregnable Defences Pack 2 (free)
  • Atelier Totori: Atelier Totori: Additional Party: Ceci (£2.39/€2.99); Atelier Totori: Additional Party: Iksel & Cordelia (£2.39/€2.99); Atelier Totori: Bgm Mode (free); Atelier Totori: Bgm Pack: Atelier Pack (£2.39/€2.99); Atelier Totori: Bgm Pack: Battle Pack #1 (£2.39/€2.99); Atelier Totori: Bgm Pack: Battle Pack #2 (£2.39/€2.99); Atelier Totori: Bgm Pack: Battle Pack #3 (£2.39/€2.99); Atelier Totori: Bgm Pack: Battle Pack #4 (£2.39/€2.99); Atelier Totori: Model View Mode (free)
  • Champion Jockey: G1 Jockey & Gallop Racer - Music Pack 3: Sound Director's selection (£0.95/€1.19)
  • Dead Rising 2: Off the Record - Free Support Pack (free)
  • Elemental Monster - Booster Box -The Legend Begins (£4.79/€5.99)
  • Eyepet - Lucky Dip Rain 2 (free)
  • Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012: Auramancer Deck Unlock (£0.79/€0.99); Cloudburst Deck Unlock (£0.79/€0.99); Grave Whispers Deck Unlock (£0.79/€0.99); Foil Auramancer Deck (£0.79/€0.99); Foil Cloudburst Deck (£0.79/€0.99); Foil Grave Whispers Deck (£0.79/€0.99)
  • ModNation Racers - Oil Stain Mod & Kart (£1.39/€1.79)
  • NBA Jam: On Fire Edition - Time Is Money Pack (£2.39/€2.99)
  • Portal 2 - Peer Review (free)
  • Rock Band Network: Bagatelle No. 25 - Für Elise (Beethoven) - Thomas Walker (£0.59/€0.79); Farewell, Mona Lisa - The Dillinger Escape (£0.99/€1.49); Glow - Alien Ant Farm (£0.99/€1.49); Heroes Don't Cry - Free Spirit (£0.99/€1.49)
  • Rock Band 3: Limp Bizkit Pack 01 (£3.49/€5.29) (contains the following songs also available separately) - Gold Cobra - Limp Bizkit (£0.99/€1.49); My Way - Limp Bizkit (£0.99/€1.49); Nookie - Limp Bizkit (£0.99/€1.49); Re-Arranged - Limp Bizkit (£0.99/€1.49)
  • Spiderman: Edge of Time - Identity Crisis Costume Pack (free)

Themes (PS3)

  • Abstract: Flying Tiger Themes - Tokyo Shrine (£1.19/€1.49)

Dynamic Themes (PS3)

  • Abstract: 3D Circuits Theme 2 (£1.59/€1.99); Bridge At Night Theme (£1.59/€1.99); Colored Ink (£1.59/€1.99); Iron Shield Theme (£1.59/€1.99); Lynx Excite Theme (free); Ying Temple Theme (£1.59/€1.99)
  • Nature: Silent Lake Theme (£1.59/€1.99); Sunrise Theme (£1.59/€1.99)
  • Seasonal: A Murder Of Crows (£1.59/€1.99)

Wallpapers (PS3)

  • At The Ready Wallpaper (free)
  • The Baconing Wallpaper (free)

Videos (PS3)

  • Access Episode 003
  • Aliens Colonial Marines Gameplay Trailer
  • El Shaddai Trailer
  • Fifa 12 Gc Trailer
  • PAYDAY The Heist: Green Bridge Trailer
  • Rubgy Wc 2011 Launch Trailer
  • The Sims 3 Pets Trailer 1
  • Yakuza: Dead Souls Confirmed

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